COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools

26 June 2020

Please note that this page contains information and guidance specific to Vermont schools and Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts (SU/SDs). Vermonters can find the most up-to-date and complete information on state and nationwide COVID-19 response, including information direct from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the Vermont Department of Health's COVID-19 website.

Guidance Index

Strong and Healthy StartSchool Closure Guidance    |   Special Education Guidance   |   Guidance for School Nutrition Program Operations   |   Childcare for Essential Persons Information   |   Financial Guidance   |   School Closure Guidance for Other Programs   |  Continuity of Learning   |   Guidance for Educator Licensure   |  Maintenance of Learning | Information for Families   |   Translated Materials   

Strong and Healthy Start

School Closure Guidance

On March 26, 2020, Governor Scott directed school districts to make preparations for a transition to Continuity of Learning for the remainder of the school year. He further ordered the Agency of Education to continue its consultation with the Department of Health to advise as this response develops regarding school openings for some or all end of year activities.

Continuity of Learning (COL) means districts will be required to provide education services and related supports to all of their students remotely so that student learning and academic progress is achieved as if schools had remained open. Districts are required to make the transition to COL on or before Monday, April 13, 2020. Please consult Guidance on the Governor's Directive to Prepare for Transition to Continuity of Learning (3/27).

On the evening of March 24, 2020, Governor Scott issued Addendum 6 to his Executive Order which puts in place a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directs all non-essential businesses and non-profits to cease in-person operations. Please consult Guidance on Governor Scott’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order (3/25) for guidance for schools on student meals, childcare for essential persons and continuity of learning based on the Governor's order.

On March 15, 2020 Governor Scott issued a directive to all Vermont schools to conduct an orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Read the press release.


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Special Education Guidance

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Guidance for School Nutrition Operations

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Child Care for Essential Persons Information

Requesting Child Care

Families with persons working in a field included on the Essential Persons List for COVID-19 Response (3/18) should complete this webform, which collects information to connect the families of essential workers with child care in schools and licensed child care programs that are operating to provide services now through April 6, 2020, while school dismissal and general child care service closures are in effect. Families can also call 2-1-1 ext. 6.

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Financial Guidance

Education Medicaid

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School Closure Guidance for Other Programs

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Adult Education and Literacy

Career and Technical Education

Driver Education


Homeless Children and Youth Program

Consolidated Federal Programs

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Continuity of Learning 

Please see the Continuity of Learning webpage for information, guidance and support for implementation of continuity of learning. 

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Guidance for Educator Licensure

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Guidance for Maintenance of Learning

Please note that these documents provide guidance for the period of school closure prior to April 13, 2020, as schools are preparing their Continuity of Learning plans and transitioning to remote learning. This guidance will be supplemented and, in some cases, superseded by guidance on Continuity of Learning.

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Information for Families

For information on Continuity of Learning please direct families to Continuity of Learning: Information for Parents.

As you communicate with your communities about COVID-19, please continue to consult the Vermont Department of Health for updated guidance. 

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Translated Materials

Translated materials are avaible on the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Resources Page.

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